Very premature babies 'should not be revived'


Premature babies born at 23 weeks should not be resuscitated because their chances of surviving are so slim, according to an NHS official.

Dr Daphne Austin told BBC Radio 5 live: "There is sufficient evidence to suggest that we're [currently] doing more harm than good.

"Are we confident that we are providing the care that they need right through?" Dr Austin asked presenter Victoria Derbyshire, "we need to have a better debate about this."

23 Week Babies: The Price of Life is on BBC Two, 9 March 2100 GMT.

You can hear other BBC Radio 5 live highlights by visiting the Best Bits section on the website. Victoria Derbyshire broadcasts Monday-Friday, 1000-1200 GMT on BBC Radio 5 live.

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